Crennel looks at discipline
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel says he plans to speak to his team about discipline issues that cropped up during Monday night’s loss at Pittsburgh, including an instance in which Kansas City was flagged for a group celebration.
Crennel says he isn’t sure where the celebrations came from, but acknowledged that “with the record we have, they can’t afford to be dancing.”
The overtime loss to Pittsburgh dropped Kansas City to 1-8.
Crennel said wide receiver Jon Baldwin will be evaluated for a head and neck injury today. Defensive tackle Dontari Poe has a knee injury, and offensive guard Jon Asamoah has a hand injury that the Chiefs will monitor.
Crennel also says he hasn’t decided on a starting quarterback for next week’s game against Cincinnati, because Brady Quinn hasn’t been cleared to play following his concussion.
Governor criticizes fees
Gov. Mark Dayton criticized the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday for considering extra fees on season ticket-holders as a way to help cover the team’s share of a new $975 million stadium, but the team’s owners point out that option was a key part of the deal.
The Democratic governor and Vikings management were allies during the long path to approving plans for a new, publicly subsidized stadium that were approved by lawmakers this year.
But in a letter to team owners Zygi and Mark Wilf, Dayton said he strongly opposed “shifting any part of the team’s responsibility for those costs onto Minnesota Vikings fans. This Private Contribution is your responsibility, not theirs.”
The team responded to Dayton’s letter with a statement saying permission to sell so-called stadium builder’s licenses was a “key component” of legislation that was “vetted by the Legislature, testified to by Vikings and state of Minnesota negotiators” and signed by the governor.
Ben Roethlisberger left Heinz Field on Monday night with his sprained right shoulder in a sling.
Tomlin called Pittsburgh’s franchise quarterback “questionable” but otherwise offered little detail Tuesday, less than 24 hours after Roethlisberger was pounded into the ground by Kansas City Chiefs linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston in the third quarter of Pittsburgh’s 16-13 overtime victory.
Around the league
The Denver Broncos waived safety Duke Ihenacho, opening a roster spot that could be filled by linebacker D.J. Williams. Williams was reinstated Monday after sitting out the first nine games of the season while serving two separate NFL suspensions. He’ll practice today for the first time since training camp, where he was relegated to individual drills and backup duty while the Broncos prepared his replacements for the regular season. ... A grand jury in Houston dismissed a misdemeanor resisting-arrest charge against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after hearing from the four-time Pro Bowler and other witnesses. Derek Hollingsworth, one of Peterson’s attorneys, said Tuesday the case stemming from Peterson’s July 7 arrest outside a night club is expected to be formally dropped today.